Is this normal??

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Every time after I eat something, even a small snack, I have been experiencing: nervousness, dizziness, heart racing, breathlessness, a drunk feeling, blurred vision, unable to focus or think clearly, sometimes sleepy or wired to the point where I can't sleep at night. Could it have something to do with a B12 deficiency that I already have or something else?

I know it's not anxiety or just in my head - which people tell me too often. I can tell that something is causing it.

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    your symptoms do sound similar to anxiety, however maybe keep a food diary and see if certain foods bother you more then others, could be a wheat or gluten sensitivty or any food allgery for that matter.
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    Hi May,

    Just wondering how you are in between food? Do you feel ok after a certain amount of time? I know some people find meals high in carbs can sometimes make them really sleepy.

    The food diary sounds a good idea as a pattern may emerge and if it is certain things that are affecting you they can be substituted.

    Good luck

    B

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      Hi Beverly,

      Thank you for your reply. In between meals it can vary, sometimes I feel "normal" if I time my meals well but if I go too long without eating I feel anxious and irritable.

      Today I ate low carb bread and experienced all the feelings I mentioned. At dinner, I had some mashed potato with my meal and felt like I was having a full blown panic attack a while later.

      I'm becoming worried that I'll never resolve this. My doctor doesn't take me seriously since I'm young and just believes it's in my head but I strongly believe it isn't.

      Thanks again.

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      Hi May,

      I wonder if you need to see a different doctor. It's unhelpful to tick it off to age and/or anxiety like that. I've had b12 deficiency before but my symptoms seemed all the time and not just around food. Mine were linked to balance and dizziness which is controlled in the inner ear. Any sudden head movement was really unpleasant for me and I would literally stagger and fall off pavements. This cleared up after taking b12. The symptoms are quite scary, or mine were as I'd be sat down and feel like I was at the top of a rollercoaster plummeting down! The body tries to re-address this by flooding the body with hormones-like the panic attack feeling you had. It's not a great feeling at all. What seems to differ here is that your feelings are around food. I really think a second opinion is needed if only for peace of mind.

      B

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      Hello Beverley,

      The doctor I recently saw was different but since they record every appointment it's easy for them to just assume it's anxiety I guess. But oh well. My symptoms pretty much occur 24/7 regardless of my meals, but I was confused as to why they get worse when I eat because I had never heard of it.

      Your balance and dizziness issues must have been awful, was it just the b12 deficiency or also an ear infection?

      Does this also mean b12 deficiency can cause anxiety?

      Anyway, I hope you're finally doing better.

      Keep me updated x

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